Although many people were sure that it was just a fad and that it would die out in due time, green living is still going strong and is only getting stronger every day. Millions of people now realize the importance of living a green lifestyle. Not only is it important for our planet, but it can also help you to save a lot of money. Here’s some information on the topic.
Changing the light bulbs may be a step you have accomplished already. A few years ago everyone was trending toward CFC/CFL (fluorescent) lights. Well, if you have these in your home, it’s sad to say but you’re not very green. Of course, these bulbs do use a lot less electricity and thus can save you a lot of money over their lifespan. And they do last years longer than those older incandescent bulbs. But because of the mercury in them, they’re not green at all. Try to switch to LED bulbs.
As a family, you can start compiling a compost heap in order to treat the environment right. Not only will this compost pile come in handy for gardening (more on that later), but you can also get rid of some of that organic waste and give it back to the earth instead of allowing it to be carted off by your local trash guys. If you have organic food waste, then putting it in a compost heap along with your yard waste is a great thing you can do together as a family.
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to cover every square inch of your roof with solar panels if you’re looking to save some money and cut back on your electricity. There’s no reason at all that you have to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars. Start off by installing one or two panels in order to supplement your electricity. You can grow from there if you wish, but getting started with only a couple of solar panels is a smart play. This will definitely cut into your energy usage.
Even if you don’t have a big yard at all, you can still put up a clothes line. In fact, you can even rig a line up on an apartment balcony if you really want to. If you’re drying your clothes out in the air, you’re not running that energy hog of a clothes dryer. It might not seem like such a huge change, but you’ll save hundreds of dollars a year by not using a dryer, especially if you visit a laundromat.
Planting an organic garden ensures that your family eats healthy, that you’re giving back to the natural habitat, and that you’re saving money instead of having to purchase produce at the grocery store. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
The next time you’re thinking about different ways to go green, just remember to use what’s listed above to help give you the inspiration necessary. Going green can be very rewarding, so you should get started right away.